South Korea firm sells mask featuring North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, faces backlash

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 13, 2018, 11.13 PM(IST)

File photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Photograph:( Reuters )

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The facial masks featuring the North Korean leader were created by 5149, a South Korean fashion and cosmetics company, and were sold for 4,000 won (£2.80), a report said.

 

Over dozens of people in South Korea recently posted pictures of themselves in "nuke masks" featuring North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un on social media.

The pictures were later pulled down after the users received heavy backlash on local media.

Following the backlash, many South Korean stores also discontinued the sale of the masks.

The facial masks featuring the North Korean leader were created by 5149, a South Korean fashion and cosmetics company, and were sold for 4,000 won (£2.80), a report said.

In an interview with the New York Times, the firm's chief executive Kwak Hyeon-Ju said the masks were made to celebrate the "once in a lifetime" Korean summits held earlier this year.

The leaders of the two countries held a historic meet this year in April over denuclearisation.

The North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, in one of the historic move, crossed the southern border to hold a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-In.

The meeting which was held after over a decade aimed to turn the DMZ - long a symbol of tension and division - into a “peace zone.”